Author Archives: Susan Levenson

Nonnative Plant Removal by San Leandro Creek

Friends of San Leandro Creek are hosting a nonnative plant removal on two dates in May. Please sign up for one or both dates here: The funding for this event is from a City of San Leandro grant- Get Ready, San Leandro.

The two work days are May 12 & 19 from 10:00 AM-3:00PM. We will meet at Chabot Park, below the playground. Volunteers do not need to work both work days; one is fine.

Scout troops, clubs and groups are welcome, as well as individuals. We will be removing invasive plants on the 1st work date, and covering the area with burlap sacks and mulch on the 19th. We recommend that volunteers wear long pants and sleeves, sturdy shoes, and mosquito repellant. Bring gloves and tools (clippers, shovels) if you have them. FSLC will provide tools, snacks and drinks. For more information, call Susan Levenson with Friends of San Leandro Creek at 510-577-6069. All participants are required to fill out a waiver form, Clean-Up-Waiver and bring to the event. Additional copies will be available on the event days. Children under 14 years of age are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. The Friends will certify volunteer hours for community service for schools.

Earth Day Creek Cleanup

This Earth Day, Saturday, April 21, FSLC has adopted a spot on San Leandro Creek at Hegenberger Blvd in Oakland to cleanup. This is an area that is highly impacted by urban activity. It is typically a place where 50-75 bags of trash can be removed very easily! This is also where San Leandro Creek makes its way into San Leandro Bay connected with the Bay itself. There is lots of wildlife and our work will be greatly appreciated by those birds and animals, I’m sure! When we were there last on a Coastal Cleanup a few years back we were joined by many great egrets, snowies and even a black crowned night heron!

We will provide snacks and water, vinyl gloves and garbage bags. We suggest you wear heavy shoes or boots and clothes you won’t mind getting dirty. Please hit the link and sign up your organization, class, church group or club! Or, feel free to come solo. We may hit HegenBurgers (right next door to the site) for a celebratory (veggie or beef) burger afterward.

Be prepared for a day when you will be making an impact, an activity you can feel really good about participating in!

San Leandro Creek Video Contest for 2017- Winning videos

Honorable Mention goes to Sawyer & Lila De Ponte (along with the whole De Ponte Family) 3rd place went to Ms. Weidner’s 2nd grade class form Roosevelt School. 2nd place was won by Leonardo Lopez  who goes to SLHS and is a part of the SLAM program.  And our grand prize winner, who took home $100.00 in prize money, is Juan Montgomery who will be graduating in the spring from SLHS and is also a part of the SLAM program. Juan wants to study and pursue a career in film. Watch his video and you can see he is on his way! Congratulations, Juan and all of our participants in the 1st annual San Leandro Creek Video Contest!  ts=5a023826



Calling all San Leandro area students! Grab your camera, phone or tablet and make a SHORT video that shows why San Leandro Creek is important to YOU. You can even make your video with your friends! We have extended the deadline of this contest to Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Don’t know why the creek is important???

Your video can be based on a question you have about the creek, then go about discovering your answer! Get creative! Our creek is a wildlife corridor for all kinds of animals, a source of natural beauty and fresh water for the SF Bay estuary system.

  • Which animals live along the creek and are there any endangered species?
  • What is the difference between native species and invasive species?
  • How can we protect the creek habitat?
  • What is a watershed and how does climate change effect the creek?
  • Where does the creek start and where does it reach the bay?
  • How big is it, and how many communities does it run through?
  • How does it affect that community?
  • Who originally used the creek before European settlers arrived?
  • How was the creek used by Spanish and Mexican settlers?
  • OR, ask your own question.


Three videos  will be chosen for prizes. Prizes include: $ 100.00 for 1st place, $ 75.00 for 2nd place,  $50.00 for 3rd place and $25.00 for Honorable Mention!

Get famous! All winners and select honorable mention videos will be viewed by the public on:

Saturday, June 2 at the San Leandro Main Library     at a video viewing party!!! Prizes will be given on that date. Winning videos will be displayed on the FSLC website and other social media sites like Facebook!

↓ Tap the blue “Video ’18 How to & Rules” link below for details & the Video Rubric to see what the judges are looking for in WINNING videos. Below is also the link to a video we made with information and details about the contest for teachers.

Video ’18 How to & rules

Video Contest Rubric The date mentioned on this video was for our first video contest. This current contest will end on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.


Plastic Bags in Alameda County



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Alameda County Waste Management Authority Reusable Bag OrdinanceBring your own bag – not just for grocery stores beginning May 1

By now you’re probably used to bringing your own bags to grocery, drug and liquor stores in Alameda County. These stores have been covered by a reusable bag law since January 2013, which has significantly reduced the number of single-use plastic and paper bags distributed at checkout. To build on this success, the law was expanded to include all stores and restaurants in the county, as of May 1, 2017 for retail stores and November 1, 2017 for restaurants and food trucks.

Stores will be charging at least 10 cents for paper or reusable (including thick plastic) bags. Restaurants can provide paper bags for free or charge at least 10 cents for reusable bags. The law only applies to carryout bags, not to bags without handles that are used to protect merchandise, such as produce, soups or meat.

The Reusable Bag Ordinance was adopted by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and is designed to reduce waste and litter, and keep plastic bags out of the local waterways.

City of San Leandro, Public Works Department, 14200 Chapman Road, San Leandro, CA 94578


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Riley workshop update – Our stakes have sprouted!

001 002 004 005 006      Congratulations are in order! Our willow stakes do not know that it is not the best time of year for them to sprout! All three sites that we planted have sprouts on just about every stake.

Thanks again to all the participants of the three workshops/presentations Dr Ann Riley gave. We had over 100 participants and lots of interest. If anyone would like to order either of Dr Riley’s book, go to It includes lots of background info about Riley’s long and esteemed career.